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The Open Society Foundation for South Africa (OSF-SA) is committed to promoting the values, institutions and practices of an open, non-racial and non-sexist, democratic, civil society.

It works for a vigorous and autonomous civil society in which the rule of law and divergent opinions are respected.

The OSF-SA has established a media fellowship programme to provide experienced journalists with resources to pursue topical issues of interest. To date, the fellowship has enabled a number of journalists to undertake ground breaking research on a range of issues with the aim of enriching public understanding and encourage debate on those issues.

Opportunity closing date: Tuesday, June 7, 2011

For 2011, the Foundation calls on seasoned journalists seeking innovative and unconventional approaches to fundamental open society challenges. Applications are invited from interested journalists and media practitioners with in-depth understanding and a human rights approach to research and produce analytical pieces on:

  • Political party funding in South Africa;
  • Climate change in Africa;
  • Strengthening citizen’s participation in traditional systems of governance.

To qualify, a candidate should:

  • Have a minimum of three years journalism experience;
  • Posses strong investigative journalism skills;
  • Display in-depth knowledge of the chosen topic;
  • Be able to adhere to set deadlines.

Successful candidates will be expected to:

  • Conduct thorough research on one of the above-mentioned topics;
  • Research and produce a series of reports or any form of media product, including innovative public education projects, that will provide in-depth analysis and insight into the chosen topic;
  • Provide evidence of their published work.

Applications should include the following:

  • A motivation for the application, demonstrating an innovative approach to the chosen topic and angles to be explored;
  • A brief CV summarising work experience with three contactable referees.
  • A sample of published work;
  • A letter of endorsement from an editor and a commitment that pieces produced will be published/broadcast in a mainstream media organisation.

Applications should be addressed to: Samantha Beukes, Open Society Foundation for South Africa. PO Box 143, Howard Place, 7450, Cape Town or email to: samantha(at)

Correspondence will be limited to short-listed candidates only.

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